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The Red Jacket

28 Apr

2002’s The Red Jacket is a dramatic short film directed by German director Florian Baxmeyer. The film was an Oscar nominee in 2004 as well as the winner of the 2003 Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards. Like many of the other student academy award winners we’ve seen, the quality of the film is incredibly impressive. It is hard to imagine there are students our age around the world, already making films of this caliber.

The film is one of the more upsetting ones, for the most part, that we’ve watched. This tone is set very early in the film using an overhead camera angle at the scene of an accident, as well as using music to imply the tragic accident without spending too much film. Throughout the film I noticed things unusual for a short. For instance, this film used much longer scenes than we are used to seeing, and the camera was often position further away from the subjects than we’ve seen previously.

The film as a whole has barely any dialogue. To me, this simply highlights how effective the visuals of this film are. Dialogue isn’t really needed to convey the plot, and as a whole, I thought the lack of speech was beneficial to the film. If anything, it added to the suspense of the whole thing.

Early on in the film I was under the impression that tragedy would simply follow the jacket from owner to owner, almost like an omen. I was happy to find this wasn’t the case, and the film took a much more fulfilling plot. This is just another example of excellent short films created by college students.

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